Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) organized a graduation ceremony for Postgraduate Program period III of the Academic Year 2019/2020, period IV of the Academic Year 2019/2020, and Period I of Academic Year 2020/2021 online and offline at the UGM Hall on Wednesday (21/10).
Throughout zoom and live streaming on the UGM official account in the Youtube platform, UGM also broadcasted the event virtually. Meanwhile, the participants who attended the offline graduation ceremony process were limited to only 20 representatives of graduates, the Chancellor, vice-chancellor, dean, and UGM leaders. Besides, in its implementation, they also carried out some provisions and standards of health protocols recommended by the government.
UGM Chancellor, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., ASEAN., Eng., said that the graduation ceremony at UGM this time was handled differently due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic requires people to adapt to new habits. Likewise, after being delayed for some time, UGM finally held a graduation ceremony, but this time was carried out online. This policy aims to suppress the chain of the spread of the new coronavirus. Besides, it also encourages people to maintain protection for the health and safety of themselves and those around them.
"This condition is not absolute and may not follow your expectations. However, this does not reduce the meaning and appreciation of struggles you have gone through on campus," said the Chancellor.
The Chancellor also added that the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted the lives of the world's nations, including Indonesia. The pandemic has made economic growth take a sharp dive, industry and various business activities experience difficulties, and the threat of layoffs occurs in various sectors. Even so, the Covid-19 pandemic time has some benefit points to unite, strengthen solidarity and care, revive the spirit of community cooperation that had seemed to have disappeared. Also, a pandemic can drive the creativity and innovation of the nation's children. It is proven that the results of research collaboration between universities and partners in the fields of vaccine and drug discovery, medical devices, and economic recovery efforts have produced many remarkable results.
In his remarks, he also conveyed that UGM has contributed to overcoming the pandemic and its impacts in the last few months, both for UGM academicians and for the wider community. UGM has internally implemented several policy innovations, ranging from online lectures and the provision of data package assistance, basic food assistance for students, UKT relief, and the establishment of the UGM Covid-19 Task Force.
While in a broader scope, UGM has contributed some researchers that have contributed to handle the pandemic's impact in the health sector through the development of research-based innovation products. Some of them are in the form of a ventilator for Covid-19 patients, GeNose as a rapid detection tool for Covid-19 patients based on volatile organic compounds in the patient's breath, a rapid detection tool for Covid-19 RI-GHA 19, a thermal gate scanner, a smart swab booth, a mask sterilizer as well as many other innovative products.
Panut hopes that the graduates who have graduated today can contribute to other creative efforts to overcome the pandemic so that people can still feel the impact for the next few years. As an alumnus of UGM, we have a mandate to the alumni to optimally use the knowledge to benefit the people and develop Indonesia.
"Congratulations on your achievements on this campus. These, I know, will be the start of your great journey in the future. As a UGM graduate who has an identity as a national university, university for hard work, Pancasila university, community-university, and cultural center university, I hope that your presence during society can give meaning and lead change for the better, " he explained.
At the graduation of the postgraduate program period I for Academic Year 2020/2021 in October 2020, there were also attendants from period III graduates of the 2019/2020 Academic Year or graduation in April 2020 and period IV graduates of the 2019/2020 Academic Year or graduation in July 2020.
In the third period of the 2019/2020 Academic Year graduation, UGM inaugurated 1,113 graduates consisting of 959 graduates of the Master's Program (S2), 87 graduates of the Specialist Program, and 67 graduates of the Doctoral Program (S3). From the Masters (S2) program, three graduates had the highest GPA of 4.00, namely Arief Sulistiyono (FKH Veterinary Science Master Program), Arifka Uli Nur (Nursing Masters Study Program, FKKMK), and Ahsani Hafizhu Shali (Physics Study Program FMIPA). The highest GPA Specialist Program graduate of 3.96 was achieved by Kusnindita Noria Rahmawati (Dermatology and Venereology Study Program, FKKMK). Meanwhile, for the Doctoral Program (S3) graduates, the highest GPA was obtained by Indri Hapsari (Doctoral Program of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy) and Didik Wahyudi from (Doctoral Program of Biology, Faculty of Biology) with a GPA of 4.00.
Then, in period IV of the 2019/2020 Academic Year, UGM inaugurated 539 graduates, including 456 Masters Program graduates, 48 Specialist Program graduates, and 35 Doctoral Program graduates. Intani Quarta Lailaty (S2 Biology Study Program, Faculty of Biology) achieved the highest GPA of 4.00. Then the Specialist Program with the highest GPA of 3.90 was achieved by Budi Satria (Dermatology and Venereology Study Program, FKKMK). Meanwhile, for graduates of the Doctoral Program (S3), the highest GPA of 4.00 was attained by Rachel Turalely (Doctoral Program of Biotechnology, Postgraduate School), Brother Niki Stenly Kondo (Doctoral Study Program of Leadership and Policy Innovation, Postgraduate School), and Agus Ganjar Runtiko (Doctoral Program of Extension and Postgraduate School Development Communication).
Meanwhile, in the first period of the 2020/2021 Academic Year, UGM inaugurated 1,356 graduates consisting of 1,180 graduates of the Master's Program (S2), 84 graduates of the Specialist Program, and 92 graduates of the Doctoral Program (S3). From the master's program, graduates with the highest GPA of 4.00 and the shortest study period were attained by Agus Setiawan (Department of Architecture, FT). Nur Eliyati Rahmah (FKG Orthodontics Study Program) won the Specialist Program graduate. Then, from the doctoral program, the graduate with the highest GPA of 4.00 and the shortest study period were attained by Niswati Fathmah Rosyida (Doctoral Program in Dentistry, FKG).
Translator: Natasa A